When It Happens

When It Happens

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by Susane Colasanti
     
 

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Reminiscent of the movie Say Anything, a debut novel for all those searching for The One!

Sara and Tobey couldn’t be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Sara’s other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, she’s thrilled. But then

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Reminiscent of the movie Say Anything, a debut novel for all those searching for The One!

Sara and Tobey couldn’t be more different. She is focused on getting into her first-choice college; he wants to win Battle of the Bands. Sara’s other goal is to find true love, so when Dave, a popular jock, asks her out, she’s thrilled. But then there’s Tobey. His amazing blue eyes and quirky wit always creep into her thoughts. It just so happens that one of Tobey’s goals is also to make Sara fall in love with him. Told in alternating points of view, Sara and Tobey’s real connection will have everyone rooting for them from the minute they meet!

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Publishers Weekly
In Colasanti's sweet debut, an unlikely pair of high school seniors fall for each other, and learn to handle the ups and downs that come with love. At the start of the book, overachiever Sara starts dating popular Dave, mainly because "after being a nobody for so long, it feels awesome to be a somebody." But when she gets paired up with smart slacker musician Tobey, they instantly connect and Sara realizes true love is "finally happening." Told through the couple's alternating perspectives, the story realistically captures the thrill of first love (Sara realizes that "When I'm with Tobey, an hour seems like a second"). After finding each other, Sara and Tobey must deal with jealous exes as well as their futures (Tobey learns to study, hoping to go to the Manhattan Music Academy and be near Sara at NYU). Readers may find the plot somewhat thin, and secondary story lines remain underdeveloped (e.g., Sara's strained relationship with her mother, who was 16 when Sara was born; her friend Maggie's struggles to deal with her parents' divorce). But the book emulates the feeling that everything but the budding romance slips to the background. Even the delectably hokey scene in which Tobey wins Sara back by standing under her window, holding up his boom box over his head (like John Cusack in her favorite scene from Say Anything) is sure to make readers smile. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Sara and Tobey both have goals as they enter their senior year of high school. Sara's is to make gorgeous new guy Dave her boyfriend. Tobey's is to make Sara his girlfriend. Both are looking for something deeper than the usual teen dating, and they are each surrounded with friends freely offering advice on how to reach their goals. Sara is convinced that Dave is perfect for her just as Tobey knows that Sara is "the one" for him. Sara attains her goal first only to find that Dave-a member of the popular group-is not what she thought he would be. As friends, Sara and Tobey draw closer and see each other with new eyes. Written in alternating voices, the book allows readers into the thoughts of both characters. They are sympathetic and teen readers will like them and want them to find each other. Tobey seems to be the deeper of the two and undergoes the most change as a result of the new relationship. Teen readers will enjoy the dynamics of Sara and Tobey and their friends and identify with their bantering. It is a fully satisfying story that will please young adult readers looking for a little romance. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Viking, 307p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Debbie Clifford
Children's Literature
After he asked for her phone number at the end of their junior year, Sara waited for Dave to call all summer long. Now that their senior year is beginning, Sara has made love her priority. She only hopes it is with Dave! At the same time, her classmate Tobey has set his eye on Sara. But how will slacker musician Tobey ever have a chance with the attractive class brain when popular jock Dave moves in on her from day one? Will Sara be as happy with Dave as she always expected she would be? Will Tobey's plans help him to win her interest? This hefty 300-plus-page book covers the entirety of the school year and explores the excitement of sexual awakening. Told in alternating first-person entries by Sara and Tobey, Susane Colasanti's novel is sure to appeal to teen fans of The OC and Everwood. 2006, Viking/Penguin, Ages 16 to Adult.
—Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In the first chapter, readers find out that Sara is entering her senior year hoping that she'll find "true love." She is encouraged when Dave asks her out. He is part of the in crowd, and she begins to hang out with his friends, at the expense of her relationships with her girlfriends. Next, readers hear from Tobey. He has slept with a couple of girls, but is uncomfortable with that kind of relationship. He thinks Sara is his "real thing," and he asks her friend Laila to help him win her over. Tobey and Sara become partners in music class and find they have much in common. Dave, on the other hand, is a disappointment to her. When he pressures Sara to sleep with him, she finally realizes that she confused her attraction to his good looks and connections with honest feelings. Through alternating chapters, readers get the perspectives of Tobey and Sara about their developing relationship. The easy style of the writing reflects how teens speak, and some of the characters' language is realistically gritty. This is a fun romance with lots of dialogue that, due to the many popular-culture references, will become dated quickly.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sara is practicing creative visualization to achieve her goals during senior year; Tobey is practicing in his garage band. Sara imagines her ideal boyfriend as the popular Dave; Tobey considers giving up his slacker ways to win over Sara. In alternating voices, the teens realize that meaningless hook-ups leave them wanting "something real," which they find in each other. Although they seem to be soul mates, Sara and Tobey must overcome jealousy, lies and past sexual encounters with a maturity (and a nod to a popular '80s movie) well beyond most adolescents. Helping them along the way are sympathetic teachers, parents and friends. Realistic dialogue, multi-layered characters, musical references and issues that matter most to teens make this story happen. Like Sarah Dessen, Colasanti knows how teens operate. (Fiction. YA)
From the Publisher
"Realistic dialogue, multi-layered characters, musical references and issues that matter most to teens make this story happen. Like Sarah Dessen, Colasanti knows how teens operate." —Kirkus Reviews

"It is a fully satisfying story that will please young adult readers looking for a little romance." —VOYA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440639371
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
74,260
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
"Realistic dialogue, multi-layered characters, musical references and issues that matter most to teens make this story happen. Like Sarah Dessen, Colasanti knows how teens operate." —Kirkus Reviews

"It is a fully satisfying story that will please young adult readers looking for a little romance." —VOYA

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